Introduction to the Bhagavad-Gita (2)

[For the Disciple—A Guide]

Who is Krishna?

Mr. Judge in writing the Gita recommends it as a guide for every disciple. It does not lead the pupil to search for a guru outside, but points to the inner God, to the Higher Self, which is Krishna "seated, as the Ego, in the hearts of all beings."

Krishna is in every heart, and He is the ray of the One Spirit at the core of all beings in the Universe—family, friends, enemies, animals, plants, minerals, elemental forces.

Krishna as the Spiritual Ray is present, working through the many forces and powers that give life to and unify the complex Kosmos in a vast web of eternal and ever-active law. Therefore, Krishna is also the causal root of Karma. Everything is included in this evolutionary scheme.

Krishna, cosmically, is an avatar (a will-formed incarnation) of the preservative, organizing Force, named Vishnu. He symbolizes the wise and timeless "protector" who supervises the evolution of all beings in the Cosmos from the very outset. And for this, he is sometimes also called Creator, although this function is relegated to another of his aspects named Brahma.

His wisdom and antiquity make the teachings worth while considering. They have survived the test of many centuries since a period of five thousand years has elapsed since the Bhagavad-Gita was sung.

The Gita is a teaching form that was designed to persist and reverberate through the many millennia of the present cycle named Kali Yuga, the Black Age. It is practical, as a provable personal discipline. In man, Krishna, is the Spiritual "ray," our Higher Self, the Atma. In That, we are one with all other beings in the Universe. Brotherhood, when practiced, demonstrates this key to our real inner nature in action. It is "compassion absolute." Says Krishna:

"I am the Ego, which is seated in the hearts of all beings; I am the beginning, the middle, and the end of all existing things." [Gita, 73]

Krishna is the Supreme Spirit, the Lord of the Universe, the Preserver, the Creator, and the "Eternal Seed." He is known by many names—Maha-Vishnu, being the one that describes his nature more closely. Being Spirit, he is not limited or personal, and yet he speaks to Arjuna as a "friend," and wears the human garments of a prince, who was brought up as a cowherd in the village of Gokul (near Mathura), south of Delhi, on the Jumna river.

In the dialog of the Bhagavad-Gita Krishna speaks to Arjuna using one or other of these "natures." In the stories that surround his birth and youth will be found clues to the manifestations of the divine nature working through a perfected human form.

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